May 3, 2003
A key indicator that American Idol finalists could graduate to post-show sales success: Kelly Clarkson debuted atop the Billboard 200 with her first album, Thankful. She's added six more top five sets since.
May 4, 1996
How did Mariah Carey follow up the longest-leading hit in Billboard Hot 100 history? With another No. 1! After "One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men, held the top spot for 16 weeks in 1995-96, "Always Be My Baby" ascended to the summit for a two-week command. The song became the 11th of her 18 No. 1s, the most among soloists.
May 5, 2007
Ten years ago: Avril Lavigne leapt to her first (and so far only) Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, "Girlfriend." She had previously reached a No. 2 high with her debut hit, "Complicated," in 2002. Lavigne is set to release a new album in 2017, her first since 2013. "I challenged myself as a songwriter, and I wanted to write about topics I hadn't hit on before," Lavigne recently told Billboard about her new material. "There's the love topic, but a lot of these songs are about life."
May 6, 2006
Who said they couldn't cross over to a new home? After notching four No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 beginning in 1986, Bon Jovi topped Hot Country Songs in its first visit to the genre chart with "Who Says You Can't Go Home," the band's duet with Jennifer Nettles.
May 7, 1977
Forty years ago: The Eagles' "Hotel California" checked into the Billboard Hot 100's top spot, becoming the band's fourth of five total leaders. According to its singer and co-writer, Don Henley, despite the countless rumors about the song's meaning, it's simply about a "journey from innocence to experience, that's all."